iPhone 12 May See 5G Connectivity Issues in the UK

The upcoming iPhone 12 may have serious issues connecting to 5G in the United Kingdom, reports The Telegraph.

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The report cites "industry insiders" who say that ‌iPhone 12‌ models may not support the 700MHz 5G band. Lower-spectrum bands such as 700MHz are crucial to 5G coverage since they are far-reaching and penetrate well through walls and buildings, and 700MHz is expected to be the most common form of 5G in the UK.

"If it doesn't support 700MHz then you end up with coverage problems," said principal analyst at Assembly, Matthew Howett. "The spectrum bands that the iPhone works on are crucially important."

If the ‌iPhone 12‌ does not support the 700MHz 5G band, it will likely result in carrier Three being afforded a major advantage in the UK market. Three has acquired large amounts of the 5G spectrum, so it would be better able to handle a lack of 700MHz support by using a range of other bands.

The situation may be similar to the launch of the iPhone 5 in 2012, when EE was the only telecoms operator with enough coverage to reliably offer the latest connectivity in the UK. It now appears that Three could be the only operator with enough 5G coverage for the ‌iPhone 12‌.

If the 700MHz band does turn out to be supported by the ‌iPhone 12‌, British customers will not be able to use the band as it has not yet been acquired by an operator. The 700MHz band is set to be auctioned to telecoms operators by Ofcom in early 2021.

The ‌iPhone 12‌ lineup is almost certain to appear on Tuesday at Apple's "Hi, Speed" event, where more specific details about 5G spectrum support will likely emerge.

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Top Rated Comments

markfc Avatar
11 months ago
North Wales here...still mainly GPRS and 3G so I won’t lose too much sleep over this.
Score: 43 Votes (Like | Disagree)
havenyoung Avatar
11 months ago
TL;DR
An unannounced product with unconfirmed spec might not work with a network band that has yet to be auctioned.
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
goobot Avatar
11 months ago
5g coverage for the next year will be so insignificant that if it is the only reason you are buying the new phone you are better off waiting till next year when there are more bands supported and the modem is more efficient.
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
KrisLord Avatar
11 months ago
This doesn’t make a lot of sense.

it’s critical that the iPhone supports 700mhz for UK users.

700mhz isn’t allocated to any network in the UK.

how can both of these statements be true?
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
twistedpixel8 Avatar
11 months ago
Not bothered at all. My 4G coverage is great and so are speeds. I don’t need 5G. It’s not like I’m watching 4K movies while I’m out and about.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SpyHunter39 Avatar
11 months ago

The upcoming iPhone 12 may have serious issues connecting to 5G in the United Kingdom
also:

The 700MHz band is set to be auctioned to telecoms operators by Ofcom in early 2021.
So let me get this straight; you're upset that a soon to be released device won't support a band that no telecom currently supports, or can even think about supporting in the UK until sometime next year...This seems to me to be a hilariously pointless article.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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